Monday, 29 August 2016

The Bourne Ultimatum Review

The Bourne Ultimatum

Release Date: 13th August 2007 - Australia (Sydney) (premiere) 

Production Companies
Universal Pictures (presents)
Motion Picture BETA Produktionsgellschaft (in association with)
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Ludlum Entertainment (in association with)
Bourne Again (uncredited)

Universal Pictures Australia 

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 115 minutes

Budget: $110,000,000

Box Office Gross: $442,824,138

Plot Summary
Jason Bourne dodges a
ruthless CIA official and
his agents from a new
assassination program
while searching for the
origins of his life as a
trained killer. 

Matt Damon - Jason Bourne
Julia Stiles - Nicky Parsons
David Strathairn - Noah Vosen
Scott Glenn - Ezra Kramer
Paddy Considine - Simon Ross
Edgar Ramirez - Paz
Albert Finney - Dr. Albert Hirsch
Joan Allen - Pamela Landy
Tom Gallop - Tom Cronin
Corey Johnson - Ray Wills
Daniel Bruhl - Martin Kreutz
Joey Ansah - Desh
Colin Stinton - Neal Daniels
Dan Fredenburgh - Jimmy
Lucy Leimann - Lucy

Director - Paul Greengrass
Based on Novel "The Bourne Ultimatum" - Robert Ludlum
Screen Story/Screenplay - Tony Gilroy
Screenplay - Scott Z. Burns and George Nolfi
Executive Producers - Doug Liman, Henry Morrison and Jeffrey M. Weiner
Producer/Unit Production Manager - Patrick Crowley
Producers - Frank Marshall and Paul Sandberg
Co-Producer - Andrew R. Tennenbaum
Production Designer - Peter Wenham
Costume Designer - Shay Cunliffe
Director of Photography - Oliver Wood
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Dan Bradley
Stunt Coordinator (UK) - Gary Powell
Visual Effects Supervisor - Peter Chiang
Film Editor - Christopher Rouse
Music - John Powell


2008 Academy Awards 
Best Film Editing - Christopher Rouse (Won)
Best Sound Mixing - Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis (Won)
Best Sound Editing - Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg (Won)

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM was anticipated by BOURNE fans to tie up all the loose ends from the previous two movies. In my opinion, ULTIMATUM is the best of the original three movies. The shaky camerawork was toned down greatly for this sequel. As another conspiracy thriller, the action set-pieces were well-handled, particularly in the fight scene between Bourne and the assassin. The plotting and concept has improved since its predecessor SUPREMACY (click here) which was more action-oriented than a narrative. It adds another layer of groundwork to Damon's debonair acting and Paul Greengrass' cohesive direction to produce an exceptionally balanced hit sequel. As for the loose ends, viewers will have to keep watching the sequels.

In my opinion, this movie should have been explained the mysteries of the character Jason Bourne as the sequels went off on a tangent. ULTIMATUM shows this as it could have been the epic finale that the movie-goers would have wanted. This adds up to another extreme favourite action film in my collection.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Jason Bourne Review

Jason Bourne

Release Date: 28th July 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Perfect World Pictures (in association with)
Captivate Entertainment (in association with)
Pearl Street Films (in association with)

Universal Pictures Australia 

Genre: Action
Rating: M

Runtime: 123 minutes

Budget: $120,000,000

Box Office Gross: $415,484,914

Plot Summary
It's been 10 years since
Jason Bourne walked
away from the agency
that trained him to
become a deadly weapon.
Hoping to draw him
out of the shadows,
CIA Director Robert
Dewey assigns hacker
and counterinsurgency
expert Heather Lee to
find him. Lee suspects
that former operative
Nicky Parsons is also
looking for him. As she
begins tracking the duo,
Bourne finds himself
back in action battling
a sinister network that
utilizes terror and
technology to maintain

Matt Damon - Jason Bourne
Julia Stiles - Nicky Parsons
Tommy Lee Jones - CIA Director Robert Dewey
Alicia Vikander - Heather Lee
Vincent Cassel - Asset
Riz Ahmed - Aaron Kalloor
Ato Essandoh - Craig Jeffers
Scott Shepherd - Director NI Edwin Russell
Bill Camp - Malcolm Smith
Vinzenz Kiefer - Christian Dassault
Stephen Kunken - Baumen
Gregg Henry - Richard Webb

Writer/Producer/Director - Paul Greengrass
Based on "Bourne" Series - Robert Ludlum
Writer/Executive Producer/Film Editor - Christopher Rouse
Executive Producers - Doug Liman, Amy Lord, Henry Morrison, Helen Medrano, Colin J. Hara and Jennifer Todd
Producers - Frank Marshall, Matt Damon, Ben Smith and Jeffrey M. Weiner
Producer/Unit Production Manager - Gregory Goodman
Co-Producers - Chris Carreras and Andrew R. Tennenbaum
Production Designer - Paul Kirby
Costume Designer - Mark Bridges
Director of Photography - Barry Ackroyd
Stunt Coordinator - Gary Powell
Special Effects Supervisor - Steven Warner
Visual Effects Supervisors - Charlie Noble and Adam Rowland
Music - Dave Buckley and John Powell

JASON BOURNE sees the return of Matt Damon being the titular character of the BOURNE series after his absence in THE BOURNE LEGACY (click here). He is even reunited with the director Paul Greengrass who is back to film the newest installment in hopes of recapturing the element of surprise. The movie doesn't come close to match the first three originals, nor does it for Damon's career to continue after being stranded on a red planet in THE MARTIAN (click here). The plot is too formulaic and derivative that some of the plot points should not have been re-used from any of its predecessors. To add insult to injury, the series should have picked up where Jeremy Renner was to go into more trouble with the CIA after his introduction on LEGACY. This new film would have saved a huge moment where these two meet for the first time at face-to-face. Instead, all this movie has to offer was the unoriginal plot-line trying to capitalise on Matt Damon's return.

The lead actor Damon hasn't changed in one bit since he last performed the character in THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM. Still, it isn't enough to save the titular film when is trying to revisit the series' lost golden years. Tommy Lee Jones' performance was so rough and tense as the newly appointed head of the CIA whose intention was to take down Bourne, no matter what the cost.

Not one of the greatest, but definitely an all time low for the series. Still, JASON BOURNE deserves a repeat even if people will watch this film for a second chance, if it will come to Blu-Ray and eventually a huge movie marathon. 
Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

Monday, 22 August 2016

Footloose (1984) Review


Release Date: 12th April 1984 - Australia

Production Companies 
Paramount Pictures (presents)
IndieProd Company Productions

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Drama

Rating: M

Runtime: 106 minutes

Budget: $8,200,000

Box Office Gross: $89,825,828

Plot Summary
City-boy Ren McCormack
finds himself in an uptight
Midwestern town where
dancing has been banned.
Ren revolts with best
friend Willard and the
minister's daughter.

Kevin Bacon - Ren McCormack 
Lori Singer - Ariel Moore
John Lithgow - Rev. Shaw Moore
Dianne West - Vi Moore
Chris Penn - Willard
Sarah Jessica Parker - Rusty
John Laughlin - Woody
Elizabeth Gorcey - Wendy Jo
Frances Lee McCain - Ethel McCormack
Jim Youngs - Chuck Cranston
Douglas Dirkson - Burlington Cranston
Lynne Marta - Lulu Warnicker
Arthur Rosenberg - Wes Warnicker
Timothy Scott - Andy Beamis
Alan Haufrect - Coach Roger Dunbar
Linda MacEwen - Eleanor Dunbar
Kim Jensen - Edna 
Michael Telmont - Travis
Leo Geter - Rich
Ken Kemp - Jeff
Russ McGinn - Herb
Sam Dalton - Mr. Gurntz 
H.E.D. Redford - Widdoes
Jay Bernard - Harvey
Meghan Broadhead - Sarah Warnicker
Mimi Broadhead - Amy Warnicker 
Gene Pack - Bernie
Marcia Dangerfield - Virginia

Director - Herbert Ross
Songs/Writer - Dean Pitchford
Executive Producer - Daniel Melnick
Producers - Lewis J. Rachmil and Graig Zadan
Production Designer - Ron Hobbs
Costume Designer - Gloria Gresham
Director of Photography - Ric Waite
Choreographer - Lynne Taylor-Corbett
Film Editor - Paul Hirsch 

A straightforward and potent classic teen drama which has a fairly simple plot, FOOTLOOSE is an ageless classic, truly unforgettable and much superior to the remake. It was produced when teen movies were a lasting trend to the cinema in the 80s. Since its release in 1984, it is a heavily undisputed touchstone of pop culture that was referenced in many films such as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (click here). It has also inspired an animated movie with a similar plot-line aimed at younger audiences called HAPPY FEET (click here). This film represents the values of teenagers fighting for their independence to decide what they will do with their lives and what journey they will take. FOOTLOOSE conveys a message that teenagers will understand that when parents control them they often will rebel and have this innate need to achieve their greatest dreams and desires.

I didn't watch this movie for the dancing, instead I preferred the inspiring message that the movie communicates and the upbeat tunes which creates an energy to FOOTLOOSE. Kevin Bacon looks young in the movie and really nailed the role with a convincing performance which elevated his path to Hollywood fame. John Lithgow creates a sympathetic, yet extremist character who pushes his religious views on those around him and believes dancing to be a sin. John crafted a character that was a very strict and disapproving father figure.

Although it is aimed at a teen audience, FOOTLOOSE remains to be one of the best teen drama movies of its generation and even to this day, its story and message is still very relevant. I would definitely recommend a viewing of this wonderful movie, you won't regret it.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

Thursday, 18 August 2016

In Memory of Kenny Baker (1934-2016)

Kenny Baker (1934-2016)

Hello, movie bloggers, as you were all quite familiar with the character of R2D2 in the 'Star Wars' series that became one of the iconic robots in film. The man who is inside the little astromech droid, English actor Kenny Baker has recently died of a long illness two weeks short of his 82nd birthday at August 13th 2016. 

Baker was raised and educated in Birningham, Warwickshire and stood three feet and eight inches tall (112 cm) as a result of his condition of dwarfism that stunts his growth. This has made him to be a part of a theatrical troupe of midgets and dwarves and later for a brief time he performed at the circus. In 1976 while doing a successful comedy act with fellow dwarf entertainer Jack Purvis, director George Lucas hired him to operate the droid R2D2 in his soon to be famous epic space adventure 'Star Wars'. This role would became synonymous for him to play the character once more in two more instalments in 1980 to 1983 and followed by the prequels in 1999 to 2005. In addition of portraying R2, Kenny also portrayed one of the Ewoks in 'Return of the Jedi'

Kenny had starred in other movies that were outside of his known league in 'Star Wars' including 'Flash Gordon', 'The Elephant Man', 'Time Bandits', 'Amadeus' and the other George Lucas film productions such as 'Labyrinth' and 'Willow'. In 2015, after ten years he continued his association with the character and acted only as a consultant in 'The Force Awakens'. At the time of his death, his role of R2 has now been taken over by Jimmy Vee which is yet to appear in the upcoming Episode VIII.

Monday, 15 August 2016

The Bourne Supremacy Review (Updated)

The Bourne Supremacy 

Release Date: 26th August 2004 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Ludlum Entertainment, Inc (in association with)
Motion Picture THETA Produktionsgesellschaft (in association with)
Hypnotic (uncredited)

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Action
Rating: M

Runtime: 108 minutes

Budget: $75,000,000

Box Office Gross: $288,500,217

Plot Summary
When Jason Bourne is
framed for a botched
CIA operation he is
forced to take up his
former life as a trained
assassin to survive.

Matt Damon - Jason Bourne
Franka Potente - Maria Helena
Julia Stiles - Nicky Parsons
Karl Urban - Krill
Brian Cox - Ward Abbott
Gabriel Mann - Zorn
Martin Csokas - Jarda
Joan Allen - Pamela Landy
Tom Gallop - Tom Cronin
John Bedford Lloyd - Teddy
Ethan Sandler - Kurt
Michelle Monaghan - Kim
Karel Roden - Gretkov
Tomas Arana - Martin Marshall
Oksana Akinshina - Irena Neski
Jevgeni Sitochin - Mr. Neski
Marina Weis-Burgaslieva - Mrs. Neski
Sean Smith - Vic
Maxim Kovalevski - Ivan

Director - Paul Greengrass
Based on Novel "The Bourne Supremacy" - Robert Ludlum
Writer - Tony Gilroy
Executive Producers - Doug Liman, Henry Morrison and Jeffrey M. Weiner
Producers - Patrick Crowley,
Frank Marshall and Paul
Co-Producer - Andrew R. Tennenbaum
Production Designer - Dominic Watkins
Costume Designer - Dinah Collin
Director of Photography - Oliver Wood
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Dan Bradley
Fight Stunt Coordinator - Jeff Imada
Special Effects Supervisor - Uli Nefzer
Special Effects Supervisor: Underwater Unit - David Payne
Visual Effects Supervisor - Pablo Helman
Film Editors - Richard Pearson and Christopher Rouse
Music - John Powell
Writer/Producer/Singer: Extreme Ways - Moby

Due to the release of JASON BOURNE, I decided to have a marathon of BOURNE films which I began with THE BOURNE IDENTITY (click here). The second instalment of the action series THE BOURNE SUPREMACY was a bit of a step-down from the original. There were a few problems with this movie, firstly the slow pacing of which there's a lot of political nonsense happening at the Pentagon. The camera work was shaky in some scenes particularly where Bourne uses the Jeet Kune Do fighting style against the hitman and finally, my last compliant about is the movie was that the plot seemed recycled from the first movie as it copied scenes such as the car chase, the fight with the assassin and story being again that he is on the run with a girl while the CIA are hunting him down. Just seems too much like deja vu. The direction of Paul Greengrass wasn't bad, he was taking guidance from the previous director Doug Liman who is the film's executive producer. It still prides itself as an action thriller with sequences that are very comparable to the first film.

Matt Damon is still the lead actor to portray this significant character who is yet to discover his true identity while the CIA is on to him. Karl Urban is noticeably recognisable in this movie as the assassin who is sent to kill Bourne. Probably the biggest moment in the movie was the Moscow car chase climax which has the biggest adrenaline rush that is definitely the best scene of SUPREMACY for me.

This was a fine movie to see which I rather enjoyed and think it is a worthy addition to the library of espionage spy thrillers. To reiterate my only concerns were that it seemed to be the rehash of the first and the pacing was sluggish. But this should not prevent you from watching this as it has much to offer.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The Bourne Identity Review

The Bourne Identity 

Release Date: 22nd August 2002 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Kalima Productions GmbH & Co. KG
Stillking Films

Universal Pictures Australia 

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 118 minutes

Budget: $60,000,000

Box Office Gross: $214,034,224

Plot Summary
Pulled from the sea with 
two bullets in his back, 
Jason Bourne discovers 
he has the skills of a very 
dangerous man and no 
memory of his violent 
past. Racing to unlock 
the secret of his own 
identity, he discovers 
the truth: he's an elite 
government agent. But 
to the government, Jason 
isn't just their property, 
he's a malfunctioning 
thirty million dollar weapon. 
Lethally trained, built to 
disappear, he's an agent 
on the run who has be 
taken out. 

Matt Damon - Jason Bourne
Franka Potente - Maria Helena
Julia Stiles - Nicky Parsons
Chris Cooper - Alex Conklin
Clive Owen - The Professor
Brian Cox - Ward Abbott
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - Wombosi
Gabriel Mann - Zorn
Walton Goggins - Research Tech #1
Josh Hamilton - Research Tech #2
Orso Maria-Guerinni - Giancarlo
Tim Dutton - Eamon
Nicky Naude - Castol
Russell Levy - Manheim
David Selburg - Marshall

Producer/Director - Doug Liman
Based on Novel "The Bourne
Identity"/Executive Producer - 
Robert Ludlum
Writers - Tony Gilroy and
W. Blake Herron
Executive Producer - Frank Marshall,
Producers - Patrick Crowley
and Richard N. Glenstein
Co-Producer - Andrew R. Tennenbaum
Production Designer - Dan Weil
Costume Designer - Pierre-Yves Gayraud
Director of Photography - Oliver Wood
Stunt Choreographer - Nick Powell
Visual Effects Supervisor - Peter Donen
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Stefan Fangmeier
Film Editor - Saar Klein 
Music Supervisor - Julianne Jordan
Music - John Powell
Writer/Producer/Singer: Extreme Ways - Moby

Before I went to see THE BOURNE LEGACY (click here) on the big screen, I really wanted to watch the other BOURNE movies that featured Matt Damon in the lead role. Now that the new JASON BOURNE picture is out in theatres, I want to watch all four of these films in order before I go see it. 

THE BOURNE IDENTITY is the game changer of the spy-fiction sub-genre for its use of realism and cold atmosphere, much like the latest James Bond movies. It's packed with intense scenes and riveting action. This gritty action thriller was adapted on to the screen by director Doug Liman who launched a successful career with the first movie of the saga.

Matt Damon is top-notch and brilliantly portrays the amnesiac fugitive hero Jason Bourne who finds himself in a predicament where people are trying to hunt him down. Well-casted in the supporting roles is Chris Cooper, Brian Cox and Julia Stiles. One of the best moments in IDENTITY is the car chase sequence which excels as one of the most memorable drive chase scenes of movie history. Complimenting this action also is the fast paced and violent fighting choreography which based on Bruce Lee's fighting style of Jeet Kune Do.

This movie really kept me hooked from start to finish, the story was intriguing and well crafted. The actors were enjoyable to watch and the pacing of the movie kept viewers engaged. I would highly recommend watching THE BOURNE IDENTITY and even though it is now somewhat an older film, it is still very modern and relevant.  

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

Monday, 8 August 2016

Dune Review


Release Date: 14th December 1984 - Australia

Production Companies
Dino De Laurentiis Company

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 137 minutes
               177 minutes
               (extended cut)

Budget: $40,000,000

Box Office Gross: $217,991,874

Plot Summary
Set in a distant future where
life in the universe and space
travel is dependent upon a
spice found only on the planet
Dune, this film tracks the rise
of young Paul Atreides, son
of noble Duke Leto, from the
time of his father's betrayal
and murder in the hands by
the evil Baron Harkonnen,
to his discovery of the great
secret behind the planet Dune
and his own destiny, which
is to free the planet and its
denizens of the cruel rule of
the Emperor.

Kyle MacLachlan - Paul Atreides
Sean Young - Chani
Sting - Feyd Rautha
Patrick Stewart - Gurney Halleck
Francesca Annis - Lady Jessica
Jürgen Prochnow - Duke Leto 
Richard Jordan - Duncan Idaho
Dean Stockwell - Dr. Wellington Yueh
Freddie Jones - Thufur Hawat
Max von Sydow - Dr. Kynes 
Linda Hunt - Shadout Mapes
Everett McGill - Stilgar
Alicia Witt - Alia
Virginia Madsen - Princess Irulan
José Ferrer - Padishah 
Emperor Shaddam IV
Siân Phillips - Reverend Mother 
Gaius Helen Mohiam
Kenneth McMillan - Baron 
Vladimir Harkonnen 
Brad Dourif - Piter De Vries
Jack Nance - Nefud
Paul L. Smith - The Beast Rabban
Leonardo Cimino - The Baron's Doctor
Silvana Mangano - Reverend 
Mother Ramallo

Screenplay/Director - David Lynch
Based on Novel "Dune" - 
Frank Herbert
Executive Producer - Dino De Laurentiis
Producer - Raffaella De Laurentiis
Production Designer - Anthony Masters
Creative Makeup - Giannetto
De Rossi
Costume Designer - Bob
Cinematography - Freddie Francis
Creature Creator - Carlo Rambaldi
Special Photographic Effects - Barry Nolan
Mechanical Special Effects - Kit West
Additional Special Visual
Effects - Albert Whitlock
Film Editor - Antony Gibbs
Music - Toto
Composers: Prophecy Theme - 
Brian & Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois


1985 Academy Awards
Best Sound - Bill Varney, Steve Maslow,
Kevin O'Connell and Nelson Stoll (Nominated)

I have never reviewed a David Lynch feature before as I have not seen one, except for DUNE. The film adaptation of DUNE has had a major part in my life after STAR WARS and I'm sad to say it was a financial flop during its release added with a dismal reception among people who were readers and fanatics of Frank Herbert's acclaimed sci-fi series of books. Unfortunately halfway through the filming process, the director David Lynch lost control of the movie, due to pressure from the studio for him to cut the length of the film. His original vision of DUNE was severely compromised in post-production when numerous scenes were trimmed, deleted and arranged in such a way that seemed disorganised. The changes also reduced the overall running time of the movie to just over two hours.

It was not until 1988 when more editing was applied to the extended cut release that was aired on television. Previously filmed scenes used as stock footage and censorship were added to this version not by the decision of Lynch and this did not please him so he requested for his name to be changed in the opening credits to "Alan Smithee" and "Judas Booth" instead. Since the 1988 re-release, it began a following through the online community and remained as a cult favourite to all people who were into sci-fi, films by David Lynch or even the source material from Frank Herbert. After watching the theatrical release of this film, the plot seemed inconsistent in most of the scenes which are misplaced and what seems like a disastrous butchery of the film. We can all forget the bad stuff that has happened in this stale version as the film has truly glorious elaborate sets, costume and make-up design and some VFX which compliment the movie and makes the bad things about DUNE more bearable.

The acting is not all that bad, some of the classic actors prove to be terrific choices for names such as Kyle MacLachlan in his debut role as Paul Atriedes and Sean Young as the film's leading lady. The supporting actors also have their place in the movie like future STAR TREK alumnus Patrick Stewart, Sting and Max von Sydow. The background score by the rock band Toto creates a genuine ambience not heard in any other classic sci-fi films.

DUNE has its moments, but it leaves us wondering if a director's cut of Lynch's version would do this average movie justice. In my opinion, DUNE doesn't deserve the bad feedback that it received at the box office and nearly cost the directional career of David Lynch of which DUNE should have been properly finished under his supervision.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

Monday, 1 August 2016

Star Trek: Beyond Review

Star Trek: Beyond

Release Date: 21st July 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures 
Skydance Media
Bad Robot Productions
K/O Paper Products
Alibaba Group
Huahua Media
Sneaky Shark
Perfect Storm Entertainment 

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 122 minutes

Budget: $185,000,000

Box Office Gross: $336,648,340

Plot Summary
Scotty and Bones are
stranded on Starbase
Earhart, a remote
outpost just outside of
the Federation Space,
after the Enterprise is
destroyed by an
unknown force of
ruthless aliens

Five years into their
mission, they must
now face off against
a new and unexpected
villain that they quickly
learn has a storied and
powerful hatred of the
Federation and all that
it stands for.

Chris Pine - Captain James T. Kirk
Zachary Quinto - Commander Spock
Zoe Saldana - Uhura
Karl Urban - Dr. Leonard
"Bones" McCoy
Simon Pegg - Montgomery
"Scotty" Scott
John Cho - Hikaru Sulu
Anton Yelchin - Ensign Pavel Chekov
Idris Elba - Krall
Sofia Boutella - Jaylah
Joe Taslim - Manas
Lydia Wilson - Kalara
Shohreh Aghdashloo - Commodore Paris
Deep Roy - Keenser
Ashley Edner - Natalia
Bryce Soderberg - Satine
Melissa Roxburgh - Ensign Syl
Anita Brown - Tyvanna
Doug Jung - Ben
Danny Pudi - Fi'Ja
Kim Kold - Zavanko
Fraiser Aitcheson - Hider
Jason Matthew Smith - Hendorff
Greg Grunberg - Commander Finnegan

Producer/Director - Justin Lin
Based on Television Series
"Star Trek" - Gene Roddenberry
Writers - Simon Pegg and Doug Jung
Associate/Visual Effects Producer - Ron Ames
Executive Producers - Jeffrey
Chernov, David Ellison,
Tommy Harper and Dana Goldberg
Producers - J.J. Abrams,
Roberto Orci, Lindsey Weber
and Bryan Burk
Production Designer - Thomas E. Sanders
Concept Designers: Ships - Ryan Church and Tim Flattery
Director of Photography - Stephen F. Windon
Special Makeup Effects - Joel Harlow
Costume Designer - Sanja Milkovic Hays
Visual Effects Supervisor - Peter Chiang
Film Editors - Greg D'Auria, Dylan Highsmith,
Kelly Matsumoto and Steven Sprung
Music - Michael Giacchino

2016 was such a big year of blockbusters that were released in theatres in a time where movie-goers expect the best quality since 2015. One of these movies was STAR TREK: BEYOND and is celebrating the series origins where it all started with the vision of Gene Roddenberry to create one of the most iconic sci-fi television series in history. Yes, it was around that time where no TV show has aired before in over 79 episodes were shown. DOCTOR WHO may done it three years before as the first known television show in the genre. However, this is a much bigger sci-fi franchise as you can expect from any other series and twelve features and four television series were spun-off afterwards. I still believe that George Lucas's STAR WARS is a much better series as it is one of the best examples of science fiction. 

J.J. Abrams has moved on from being the director of the reboot series and has instead focused on his efforts in reinvigorating another well-known sci-fi series in the form of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (click here). It's still revising the timeline, but that doesn't stop Paramount from hiring Justin Lin of FAST & FURIOUS to direct its third and latest paragon. STAR TREK: BEYOND doesn't recycle much of the material that was used in the originals to be on it again like INTO DARKNESS (click here). The lens-flares are reduced and the story-line has much more of an adventurous tone. Probably because of Simon Pegg the actor who portrayed Scotty is one of the writers responsible for the plot. 

Idris Elba has being through roles of good guys and few villains like Shere Khan of THE JUNGLE BOOK remake (click here). His compelling performance of Krall moves the plot along as he is the real menace with a grudge against the Federation. Sofia Boutella is likely the new star after her debut in KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE as a henchwoman as she portrays the resourceful alien with streak of independence Jaylah.

I liked how the movie is dedicated to not only Leonard Nimoy, but also Anton Yelchin whose role as Chekov would remain in the hearts of Trekkies. Overall, STAR TREK: BEYOND is better than the last film when it's not under the J.J. Abrams' stewardship. It was the most anticipated feature of 2016 and one of the better Trek movies in recent history.

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie